Asian Games: Manjit Singh wins gold in men's 800m final

Jinson Johnson clinched the silver medal in the event.

Manjit Singh timed his sprint to the finish to perfection.   -  AP

Manjit Singh upstaged pre-race favourite compatriot Jinson Johnson to win gold in men’s 800m in a 1-2 finish for India in the event here today.

The 28-year-old Manjit ran his personal best time of 1 minute and 46.15 seconds to win his maiden major international medal.

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Johnson, who smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m national record in June during the National Inter-State Athletics Championships, finished second in 1:46.35. He holds the national record of 1:45.65.

Abdalla Abubaker of Qatar was third in 1:46.38.